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Lowell in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Bank of Lowell

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 18, 2016
1. The Bank of Lowell Marker
Inscription.

Humphrey Barr, brother of Mrs. L. P. Davis, was an early banker. We know Henry Neal was the banker in 1918. He loaned Elza Tucker's mother $75 to buy a family sewing machine. He charged 10% interest and had a loan limit of $100. Elza has the receipt dated the same year he was born. Bank transactions moved at a steady but cautious pace for several years. That pace changed quickly in 1929 when the bank was robbed. Jude Austin tells, in his "Lowell Memories," how he was locked in the vault. That vault is still in place in 2009. Tin wall and ceiling tiles are still intact inside the upper part of the building, too. The original safe was moved and used at the First National Bank of Rogers under George Mills for a time, then brought back home. Although it was given to the museum, the city of Lowell has both moved and stored it many years. It is simply too heavy for the museum floor.

After the 1930's depression, the building housed stores run by Harrison Smith, Loyd Mabry, Orville & Edith Neal, Leon Chadwick, and perhaps others, but never again a bank. It was the first home of the Lowell Museum in 1976.

(A full account of the bank hold-up is available on dvd at the museum)
 
Location. 36° 15.446′ N, 94° 7.887′ W. Marker is in Lowell, Arkansas, in Benton

The Bank of Lowell Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 18, 2016
2. The Bank of Lowell Marker
County. Marker is on Jackson Street south of McClure Avenue (County Road 923), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 Jackson Street, Lowell AR 72745, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lowell Postal Service (a few steps from this marker); Evaporator Near Railroad Track (within shouting distance of this marker); Train Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Old City Jail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Canning Factory (approx. mile away); Original Site of Bloomington (Mudtown) Arkansas (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Butterfield Stagecoach Road (approx. 1.6 miles away); Cross Hollows (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
 
Also see . . .  History of Lowell, Arkansas. (Submitted on March 25, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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